Obed Watershed Community Association (OWCA) is a Crossville, TN-based nonprofit with the mission to protect and enhance the natural and cultural heritage of the watersheds of the Obed River and its tributaries within Cumberland County, TN through community education, creating opportunities for community research and service projects, and promoting conservation, recreation, and best management practices. It also supports activities in other nearby watersheds both within Cumberland County and surrounding counties.
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Stream Assessment Project
Completes Field Assessment
As March ended, the field assessment teams completed their work on Potters Creek, Rocky Branch, and Procter Creek. The information is now being put into the City of Crossville computer system so that it can be easily mapped. The write up of the Lower Daddy’s Creek work is almost complete and the reports for Meadow Creek and Copeland Creek will follow and then Potters Creek, Rocky Branch, and Procter Creek. As this field collection phase has ended we want to say a special thanks to Billy Hensley and Annell Fields for heading the teams and all the volunteers and workers who were involved at different times with
the project: Angela Damron, Matthew Harris, Darren Parks, Dana Young, Pete Peterson, Bill Morgan, Ken Czajka, Barbara Rosensteel, Tony Gustin, Michael Durnwald, Ian Jasitt, Jean Cheely, Sam Francis, Mark Richie, Cody McPeake, and Cody Deason.
Little Obed and CoLynx Planted
As noted in the March newsletter, we started the month with a planting day at CoLinx where we planted native trees after we had removed the invasives from the area. Our crew returned on three other days in March along with volunteers Shaun and Rachell Hedgecoth to remove additional invasives and to add native shrubs along the Little Obed River as it leaves the wetland on that site. We also spent a day over-planting additional native plants on the section of the Little Obed upstream from the 127N bridge where we had done the project in 2012 and planted last spring. Things are looking really good there. Adding additional plants increases the rate of growth that will hold the banks in place. Thanks to Lois Braun for coming out to help with this.